LADBROKES has won its fight to move a betting shop to a prime site in Saltburn town centre.

The firm, which is owned by the Hilton Hotels chain, gained permission from Teesside licensing magistrates last week for a licence for premises in Station Street.

Twenty-eight people had written to object. The only condition imposed by magistrates was that the firm close its small shop in Milton Street.

A Ladbrokes' spokesman said: "We shall refit the premises over the summer and plan to open at the end of August."

They intended to give customers "full modern betting-shop" facilities including female toilets and improved access for people with disabilities. Two additional staff would be taken on.

Asked about gaming and slot machines, the spokesman said four would be sited in the shop.

The current business, long-established newsagents Kings, is closing on the retirement of owner, John King. It was formerly the town's post office.

The change of use was approved by Redcar and Cleveland Council's planners last month. Four letters of objection and one of support were sent to the council.

Mr King has told customers that newspaper deliveries would be handled from next weekend, June 25, by Gosnay's Spar shop, Milton Street.